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Program Highlights

Kavli Speakers
Keynote speaker Dr. Joan Brennecke, Dr. Ali Khademhosseini

Kavli Lecture Series

Featuring speakers engaged in innovative research, the series promotes groundbreaking discovery and public understanding of the world’s mounting challenges and how chemistry can provide solutions. See full description.

* Supported by The Kavli Foundation
Plenary Speakers
Dr. Pedro Alvarez, Dr. Heinz Leuenberger, Dr. Paul Anastas, Dr. Walter Leitner

Plenary Session

Learn more abourt chemistry's role in bringing forth a better world. Explore our interesting lineup of expert speakers as they present on topics at the key of sustainability. "Requirements for a Globally Sustainable Chemicals Industry", "Rational Design of Chemical Products and Processes", "Catalysis as Key Science and Technology for Sustainable Chemical Supply Chains" and "Implications and Applications of Nanotechnology". See Full Description.

Theme-Related Technical Symposia

  • Alternatives to Chemicals Facing Critical Sustainability Constraints, organized by David Constable, ACS Green Chemistry Institute
  • Communicating to the Public and the Role of Social Media, organized by Rudy Baum, Acting, Editor-in-Chief Chemical & Engineering News
  • Global Stewardship by Increasing Climate Science Literacy, organized by Keith Peterman and Gregory Foy, York College of Pennsylvania
  • Global Stewardship of Critical Materials, organized by Bruce Moyer and Sheng Dai, Oak Ridge National Laboratories
  • Separation Science and Technology as a Convergence Platform for SusChEM, organized by Mamadou S. Diallo, KAIST/Caltech; Catherine T. ”Katie” Hunt and Gretchen Baier, Dow
  • Graduate Student Symposium: International Collaborations with International Impact: Chemistry for Global Change, organized by the Department of Chemistry and Women in Chemical Sciences at the University of Washington
  • 100th Anniversary of the ACS ENVR Division, multiple symposia, contact Dionysios Dionysiou, Souhail Al-Abed, or Tracy Williamson, ENVR
  • Women in Environmental Science and Engineering: Jillian Goldfarb, Boston University; Dionysios Dionysiou, University of Cincinnati
  • Environmental Chemistry: 100 Years of Scientific Contribution for  a Safer and Sustainable Environment: Dionysios Dionysiou, University of Cincinnati; Souhail Al-Abed, US EPA
  • The Role of Entrepreneurship, Innovation, and Economic Development in Sustainability, organized by Dan Daly, The University of Alabama
  • 13th IUPAC International Congress of Pesticide Chemistry, organized by Cathleen Hapeman, USDA-Agricultural Research Service; Laura McConnell, Bayer CropScience; Ken Racke, Dow AgroSciences
  • Sustain-Mix: Sustainability Across the Divisions, organized by Irv Levy, Gordon College; Cathy Middlecamp, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • International Undergraduate Summit on Global Climate Change, organized by Keith Peterman and Gregory Foy, York College of Pennsylvania

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Theme Overview:

This theme is focused on global aspects of the chemical enterprise related to sustainability of world resources, including green chemistry, the globalization of chemistry, and the responsibilities and opportunities chemists have to serve the broader public.  In particular, divisional programming and special themed symposia will cover and discuss the role and interplay of science, technology, innovation, and economic development in world stewardship of precious, limited resources while providing physical and economic security for all world citizens.  Special attention will be given to providing international perspectives related to both areas of critical need, such as the supply of clean water and energy to all citizens of the world, and to overcoming the limitations or restrictions of raw materials for products which lead to improved quality of life.  Methods to reach out to the public to better educate students and all citizens on the nature and uses of chemistry and efforts to enhance cooperation among chemists around the globe will be highlighted.

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